Influence of User and Task Related Variables on Latency Perception

  • Nadine RauhEmail author
  • Miriam Gieselmann
  • Josef F. Krems
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 850)


Nowadays, technical system latencies are nearly unavoidable in Human-Computer-Interaction. However, latencies, if detected by the user, were shown to have a negative influence on experience and satisfaction. Therefore, it is important to examine users’ latency perception thresholds with respect to different influencing factors empirically.

In the present study the influence of movement type (circular vs. straight), motivation and visual processing speed were examined by using a mouse-based 2D-dragging-task. Thirty participants (67% female, Mage = 22.27) took part and had to move a cursor through a circular or straight tunnel by using a computer mouse.

Results showed that participants detected lower latencies when moving the cursor circular. An influence of the motivation on latency perception could not be found. Participants with higher visual processing speed detected lower latencies.

Future studies should explore further factors influencing latency perception. When designing Human-Computer-Interaction in matters of latency, the type of executed movement should be considered.


Movement type Motivation Visual processing speed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine Rauh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miriam Gieselmann
    • 1
  • Josef F. Krems
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany

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